Yesterday, Scott suggested that President Obama’s commencement speech at Ohio State, which was essentially a paean to big government, may have represented the high tide of Obamaism. In hindsight, Obama’s words were chilling:
Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
As usual, Obama twists words to suit his purposes. When I say “self-rule,” I mean: I rule myself. When Obama says “self-rule,” he means: Obama rules me.
Michael Ramirez comments on Obama’s commencement speech in the light of recent scandals:
Paul has made the point that the significance of the Obama scandals goes far beyond the immediate corruption of the Obama administration. Rather, it highlights the folly of entrusting vast administrative power to an army of leftists. Others have made similar observations, including Paul Ryan on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show earlier this evening:
This isn’t just about incompetence, though. This is about an overreach. This is about a government that has gone beyond its scope, and this also speaks to the philosophy of government that’s at play here in Washington. And if you want to have a government that does everything for you, they’ve got to know everything about you. If you want to have a government that should be in the position of picking winners and losers, well then, they will pick winners and losers. And so it’s not a story just about incompetence. It’s about overreach. You know, big government is bad in theory, but it’s much worse in practice. And effective government, that is good government that’s limited, focuses in on our core duties. So this speaks to more than just, you know, did they do this to conservative groups before an election to try and give themselves an advantage? It also goes beyond that to, you know, bureaucrats are making decisions for us on behalf of government, not on behalf of the people.
It appears that, having made the astonishing mistake of re-electing Barack Obama, the American people will learn through bitter experience why the Founders feared demagogues and tried to establish a system of limited government.